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COVID-19: What to expect when you arrive

By Adrian 01 Aug 2022

We are looking forward to welcoming students to the Intercollegiate Halls for the 2022/2023 academic year. 

Students from all over the globe will be coming to live together in the Intercollegiate Halls, each with their own experiences of the COVID–19 pandemic.

The United Kingdom has relaxed restrictions around COVID–19 more quickly than many other nations, so coronavirus-related attitudes and behaviours here might be different from what you are used to if you are joining us from overseas. Wherever you are joining us from – the UK or overseas – you will meet people at university who think and feel differently about COVID–19 than you do.

Care, empathy, and mutual understanding have never been more important.

Things that might be different if you’re an international student

  • There are no restrictions on international travel into the UK: you don’t have to quarantine or take any COVID–19 tests (although your flight operator may require testing – so please check before you travel)
  • In the UK, we are not routinely advised to wear a face covering, except in some healthcare settings
  • There is no legal requirement to self-isolate if you have COVID–19
  • There is no routine public testing available for COVID–19
  • Business and venues are not advised to require people to observe 1m or 2m distancing

If you are used to there being rules about face coverings, social distancing and self-isolation, you might experience an adjustment period when you arrive in the UK. There can be feelings of worry or anxiety about being in shared spaces without the restrictions that you might have become accustomed to. We encourage you to reach out and speak with a Resident Advisor or your Hall Warden if you experience worries like this for a long time or to a severe degree.

Our approach in halls

At the University of London, we are a community of students and staff who strive to:

  • look out for one another
  • respect one another
  • show patience and understanding
  • act with kindness and compassion
  • always try to do the right thing

We are all working together to achieve our personal and academic goals and to maintain our collective wellbeing. You are joining this inclusive and supportive University of London community, so we thought it would be helpful for you to know about our approach to COVID-19, which is always aligned with the latest UK government guidance.

Four simple safety tips

In the Intercollegiate Halls, we outline How we stay safer, together. Our four simple safety tips for everyone are:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in 
  • Practice good hygiene and consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Stay home (self-isolate) if you feel unwell

If you need to self-isolate

We offer a package of support in case you need to self-isolate in halls. You can let us know that you’re self-isolating and activate our support package by calling the 24-hour Self-isolation Support Line on +44 (0)20 8191 0865.

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London and the Warden of Connaught Hall, where he has lived for almost 25 years.
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